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Katie Crompton – The Scientific Version of if You’re Happy and You Know it Clap Your Hands

*title creds to Erinn*

In our group discussions on Thursday, I discovered exactly how universal my topic is. Though I was able to connect my topic with most discussions, there were a few big topics that really stuck out to me in relation to my topic of the connection between Being and emotion.

The first was discussions around AI. At first, I didn’t really expect to get much from this topic, but I was pleasantly surprised when I was able to make a big connection. The AI discussions made me think about the authenticity of emotions. If we are to say that emotions constitute Being then does that mean if AI expresses emotion, it is Being? Even though the emotions are programmed into them, can they still Be? Are the human emotions just programmed into us? If so, is it possible to be completely authentic? Authenticity is what creates the separation between being and Being, so if it’s impossible to be completely authentic, how can anyone Be?

Wall-e and Eve being happy gif from Tumblr

Another big idea I got from the discussions is that we as humans have a power that other species don’t. We have the ability to hide our emotions and feign different ones. Lying about our emotions has become so normal that if someone asks if another person is okay and they respond with, “I’m fine,” we know that may not be the case. So, if we are lying about our true emotions, are we being or Being? We are still experiencing our true emotions, but does the fact that we are trying to hide them mean we are being? If we don’t completely embrace every single one of our emotions, does that mean we are inauthentic? This whole idea also makes me think of actors. Is an actor Being or being while they are acting? They are faking their own emotions, but they have completely embraced the emotions of the character they are portraying. So, are they being because the emotions they are showing aren’t their own, or are they Being because they have “become” the person they are portraying and are authentically showing that character’s emotions? Before I have an existential crisis surrounding my future career path I should probably stop. This post is getting pretty long anyway so let’s just sum it all up.

Hades from Hercules gif from Tumblr

All in all, these discussions were really interesting, but definitely didn’t help clarify anything. I have so many new ideas and questions and I don’t really know where to go next. I will definitely continue to explore human’s ability to fake their emotions and also continue with how we express emotions, which was mentioned in my first post. I have finally come to accept that I won’t be able to answer any of the questions I have formed, but only make suggestions and just broaden the topic further.



We are the Same

 Our intelligence is in a constant cycle of gathering information and being tested on what we know. We are told that we must know certain things in order to succeed. Some struggle to grasp the ideas while others understand yet our intelligence, what we know, is all the same. What we know, we pass to others like a family heirloom is passed down through the generations. In schools, we are taught the same things and our parents and the people around us taught us how to act in social situations.

We are taught the same things.

We are continuing to grow our knowledge and pass it on to others who now have that same knowledge.

Therefore, our knowledge and what we know is the same.

The human brain is something that baffles us. We do not fully understand how our own mind works. Full of firing neurones that tell our bodies how to function physically and mentally as well as emotionally, it is the ideal of intelligent. We are not animals because we have understood how to use our knowledge and advance ourselves and our society. We are constantly trying to understand what makes us human.

To make a human out of a machine is a goal that drives inventors and scientists. The transfer of human knowledge into a machine shows that intelligence is the same. Though it has been programmable, the knowledge is still the same as ours. Possibly, what machines cannot do that we can, is decide what we do with that knowledge. We all have it, but we have the choice to decide what we want. We consciously choose to pursue what we want, to do things.

Being conscious is being aware. It’s being aware of what we know and what we do. Is a machine conscious if it is aware of the knowledge it has and what it does with it? Perhaps if it hasn’t been programmed to act a certain way.

We can copy our intelligence and put it into a machine, almost like how in schools the knowledge gained over the years is taught to us and we consciously choose what to do with that knowledge. We all know basic math, writing and reading skills. Some might pursue writing while others pursue math but when you break it down, it is all the same. Even if it is artificial.

Intelligence is something that could have many definitions. Going back to the machine example, we think that machines could never be human because they do not have the emotional intelligence that we humans have. Emotional intelligence is being able to read a situation and react to it appropriately. We feel things and understand them such as knowing when we are happy or sad. This is why the Turing Test is valuable in testing machines for emotional intelligence. (x) (x)

Another form of intelligence would be academically smart, knowing how to answer equations and solve problems. The belief that someone who is more academically intelligent is not as emotionally smart goes against my idea. I believe that even if someone looks at things more logically, they still have the basic emotional intelligence that makes them equal to others no matter what a test score might say.

Knowledge is the facts and bits of information that we know. Intelligence is more how we use the knowledge we have, including thoughts, ideas, and actions, etc.

Every day, we pass knowledge that we know to someone else, and we gain knowledge in some form or another. We have gathered knowledge over the course of our existence and passed it on, teaching every person the same basic things, making our intelligence equal. The same. However to say that intelligence is equal is to give it an amount and since we cannot understand our brain, we cannot give it a definite number.

Our lives are full of judgement based on what we know. I believe other wise, that our intelligence is the same. We are aware of our minds and our intelligence which makes us conscious. We model our minds in machines since we see them as the highest level of intelligence. We are all capable of thought, abstract or not. We all have the same basic knowledge such as allowing us to function in society in academic or emotional situations.

Our knowledge is the same. Our intelligence may differ in that we consciously make choices in our lives with what we do with that knowledge but we are all the same in the end. Our knowledge is passed down from generation to generation, sometimes changing or staying the same. We should not judge based on knowledge.